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Suicide Prevention Month Communication Toolkit

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Health Care Authority Suicide Prevention Month Communication toolkit outlines the key themes, takeaways, and messages that any Washington State agency or partner organization can use to raise awareness of resources and help available to those who are struggling.

Invitation to apply for the Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Schools Telepsychiatry Consultation Pilot Program

The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital will implement a two-year pilot of school staff mental health education, and telephone and televideo psychiatric consultations for students at middle, junior and high schools in in two Washington school districts. Pilot duration will be during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

Purpose: To provide (1) professional learning opportunities for school staff and (2) telehealth consultations that serve as one strategy among the school’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)
for behavioral and mental health.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, Sept. 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week, and Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Become a Healthy Minds Alliance host site for an AmeriCorps member

Become Healthy Minds Alliance host site

Since 1994, AmeriCorps has established a tradition of national service involving more than 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in intensive, results-driven service strengthening communities across the nation.


What Healthy Minds Alliance AmeriCorps members achieve

National Prevention Week May 12-18, 2019

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

NIH-supported study highlights the importance of responsible portrayal of suicide by the media

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the show's release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media.

Survey for behavioral health providers and schools

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and The Health Care Authority have developed a survey in hopes to better understand the existing relationships, services and needs between schools and behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) treatment providers, in addition to gaining an understanding of school based services being offered.